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Hank Hughes named UConn’s defensive coordinator

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Nearly two months after Don Brown left for Boston College, UConn has officially named a replacement without going outside of the current coaching staff.

In a press release announcing the football coaching staff’s responsibilities, head coach Paul Pasqualoni confirmed that Hank Hughes will serve as his defensive coordinator.  Hughes has spent the past 12 seasons with the Huskies.

This will mark Hughes’ second stint as coordinator as he served in that capacity from 2002-10 before being replaced by Brown.  He will also coach UConn’s defensive line.

Hughes’ promotion comes a couple of weeks after T.J. Weist was named offensive coordinator.  Weist replaced George DeLeone, who is now UConn’s associate head coach/offensive line coach.

Additionally, Matt Cersosimo, who had served as wide receivers coach since joining the staff in 2006, will move to cornerbacks.  He will also carry the title of recruiting coordinator.

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2 Responses to “Hank Hughes named UConn’s defensive coordinator”
  1. cubano76 says: Feb 4, 2013 3:47 PM

    From what I can remember, he had some pretty good defenses under Edsall. Hopefully they’ll see those again. Not a bad move for the most part. Now all they need to do is send grandma Pasqualoni off into the sunset and they can really start to build that program.

  2. thegamecocker says: Feb 4, 2013 3:55 PM


    That’s rude! Coach Pasqualoni is doing a fine job at UCONN! Syracuse should rue the day they unloaded him! At least when he coached The Cuse, they consistently beat Rutgers and were a heck lot more competitive then they were under Bozo #1 and #2. Give him a chance and he will deliver. Let’s remember this: just because someone is a seasoned veteran with experience does not mean he can’t be effective. Look at Spurrier at Carolina and Snyder at K-State. Now apologize!

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